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Who we are looking at for Kentucky Basketball -- 2009 edition

Via, here is a list of all the people Billy Gillispie has offered a basketball scholarship for 2009, and their current status:

Point guard Notes
Stars Ht/Wt Hometown Schools
John Wall Super-stud 2009 point guard.
6-4/184 Raleigh, NC list
Mfon Udofia
6-2/180 Stone Mountain, GA list
GJ Vilarino Already committed to UK.
6-0/160 McKinney, TX Kentucky
A.J. Walton
6-0/175 Little Rock, AR list

Shooting guard Notes Stars Ht/Wt Hometown Schools
Jon Hood Already committed to UK.
6-6/185 Madisonville, KY Kentucky
D.J. Richardson Gone to the Illini.
6-3/170 Peoria, IL Illinois

Small forward Notes Stars Ht/Wt Hometown Schools
Noel Johnson
6-7/180 Fayetteville, GA list
Shawn Williams Superb, athletic wing.
6-7/215 Duncanville, TX list
Marlon Brown Actually a football recruit, but a good basketball player as well
6-5/205 Memphis, TN list

Power forward Notes Stars Ht/Wt Hometown Schools
Derrick Favors This guy would be a drop-in replacement for Patterson should Patterson leave early.
6-9/220 Atlanta, GA list
Kenny Hall Gone to UT.
6-8/215 Stone Mountain, GA Tennessee
Colin Borchert
6-8/220 Glendale, AZ list
Andrew Fitzgerald
6-9/245 Baltimore, MD list
James Padgett
6-7/210 Brooklyn, NY list

Center Notes Stars Ht/Wt Hometown Schools
Daniel Orton Kentucky has recently entertained Orton, and Orton liked UK a lot.
6-10/260 Oklahoma City, OK list
Deshawn Painter Gone to Florida.
6-9/210 Norfolk, VA Florida

As you can see, Billy Gillispie has been a very busy fellow. This list is very heavy on size. But surprisngly, the most players on this list from any one state are from the state of Georgia, where Tubby Smith used to do a lot of recruiting. It seems that the Georgia to UK pipeline did not end with when Smith left.

While we do need to add a guard, it looks to me like Gillispie is really concerned about the possibility of Patterson going on to the next level despite comments from his family that Pat will be here for 4 years. It isn't hard to believe that his injury last year and subsequent surgery might modify that thinking.

Still, it is clear that size is a priority for 2009. We already have a bit coming from Matt Pilgrim, but I don't think Pilgrim is the type of power player Gillispie tends to use in his usual 3 out/2 in offensive alignment. We need two big guys on the blocks, and that is clearly a priority looking at current recruiting.